President's Statement on Texas Shooting, Office Hours, Optimizing Your Practice's Profitability, and Upcoming Events

LACMA President’s Statement 

on the Allen, TX Shooting

This weekend’s tragedy in Allen, Texas, has become the new normal for us. Nine dead. Seven wounded. In fact, there have been more than 200 mass shootings in the United States this year, including the one in Monterey Park, the deadliest attack since the Uvalde massacre in May 2022. 

That means there have been more shootings than days so far this year and more shootings than at this point in any year since at least 2013. Last year, the country reached 200 mass shootings on May 15, according to the Archive.

There is no question that gun violence is a national tragedy and a public health crisis, and we need to do more collectively. Our hearts break for the victims as we continue reaching out to first responders, from trauma and emergency room physicians who face these tragedies daily to the local medical society leadership to offer any support. I’m including a clip from Dr. Jason Smith, chief medical officer, University of Louisville Health, who spoke immediately after the shooting at the Old National Bank:

We continue working with like-minded organizations to educate the physician community about preventing gun violence. Our initiative, Project See Change, was designed to be a non-political platform to share information, data, and resources. Link to the site:

We’ve also partnered with LA Care Health Plan to support our respective organizational efforts to curb gun violence, promote safe gun storage and educate the healthcare community and patients about reducing firearm-related injury and death. Here is the link to the May 11th webinar.

I encourage our members to share ideas that could make a difference. 

Omer Deen, MD, FACG, AGAF


Monthly Office Hours

Are you unsure of the benefits and resources available to you as a member? Would you like to be more involved with the organization? Do you have an interest in legislative advocacy? Is there a list of issues your practice is facing and you don’t know where to go for answers? On every last Wednesday of the month, the LACMA team will be available at noon via Zoom to answer any questions about your LACMA and CMA membership. We would also love to help with any pain points you may have. Or just stop by to say hello! Please know that we are here for you!

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Optimize Your Practice's Profitability

Take control of your practice’s financial health and profitability by registering to attend CAP’s free webinar, Optimizing Practice Profitability: How to Manage Key Financial Indicators and Maximize Performance. Presented by renowned practice management expert Debra Phairas, this one-hour program will help you and your staff learn how to effectively analyze and manage important financial benchmarks, which is critical for achieving your desired revenue.

REGISTER NOW | Wednesday, May 24 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

This webinar will cover:

  • Key medical office financial ratios to maintain profitability
  •  Accounts receivable management and cash flow
  • Importance of profit/loss statements as management tools
  • Benchmarking overhead categories by medical specialty
  • Payroll to collections and full-time equivalents ratios for cost-effective staffing levels
  • Ratios to calculate monthly status reports
  • Office visits, hospital, and surgery/procedures productivity

The discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. Register now to receive the recording and slides once they are available.

The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP), a leading provider of medical malpractice coverage for California physicians, offers members a wide array of risk management and practice management benefits, such as these free webinars, to help them run safe and successful practices.

To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please call 

800-356-5672 or email MD@CAPphysicians.comRequest an Instant Quote today to 

see how much you can save on medical malpractice coverage as a member of CAP.

Medical professional liability coverage is provided to CAP members through the Mutual Protection Trust (MPT), an unincorporated interindemnity arrangement organized under Section 1280.7 of the California Insurance Code.


Long COVID and the Brain: Neurological and Psychological Impacts of Long COVID

Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic started, we know much more about "long COVID" than ever, yet there are still mysteries. Erica Pan, M.D., MPH, will give her usual updates about the current state of COVID-19, then other public health experts will present the latest data and clinical care recommendations about the neurological and psychological impacts of long COVID. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the California Medical Association (CMA) and California Health and Human Services Agency. CMA is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The California Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Location: Virtual

Time: 12:00 PM -1:00 PM PDT


COVID-19 | Test to Treat Equity ECHO

As the COVID-19 pandemic shifts from crisis-mode to "normal operations" and with wide availability of rapid antigen testing and therapeutics, COVID-19 Test to Treat Equity ECHO aims to assist clinics and community-based sites in implementation of their own test to treat programs.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

12:00 PM -1:00 PM PDT

Location: Virtual



A Physician’s Guide to Taking Charge of Your Accounts Receivable

This presentation outlines the make-up of, and challenges associated with, the effective management of accounts receivable (A/R) in the physician practice. Presented by one of CMA’s experienced practice management experts, the presentation will cover areas that significantly impact a practice’s A/R and suggestions on how to address those A/R challenges.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Location: Virtual

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


A Night at the Museum

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art followed by a private reception (21+) at Ray's + Stark Bar patio for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with fellow members.

Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Location: LA County Museum of Art

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”